Highly acclaimed Greek indie-pop experimentalist Leon Of Athens has unveiled his brand new song ‘Xenos’. Leading with dark creeping electronics and stark guitars, the song is the first taste of new music since the release of the Leon Of Athens’ debut UK album, “Global “in 2014.
The original Greek meaning of ‘Xenos’ translates to stranger, and according to context is also interpreted as alien, guest, foreigner or enemy. Currently living in London, the Athens native delivers a powerful song with an important message for these turbulent times. Speaking of the track Leon says, “’Xenos’ was initially inspired by the genocide of indigenous peoples. The song refers to any oppressed group of people who are forced to leave their land. On a personal note, it also refers to the feeling of being a stranger to your own self.”
Leon has been inspired by life within a country that has been facing many challenges during recent years. His music has become a huge draw in his home country, where he has played to audiences of thousands, and has become highly championed overseas gaining praise from the likes of The Guardian, NME, Q, New York Times and more.
“‘Xenos” is the first taste of Leon Of Athens new album, which is being produced by David Kosten (Bat For Lashes, Everything Everything) and will be released later this year. Described as “an intriguing, exciting and vibrant work,” it is set to see him become an even more captivating force with his “beautiful music, gorgeous voice and intelligent songwriting.”
“Brainy pop inspired by Bernardo Bertolucci, inflected with electronic, folk and other flavours” – The Guardian “Leon of Athens has mastered the art of electronica-tickled, horn-smattered, melodic pop.” – NME
“Something for the weekend, sir. Scrub that; Xenos is music for the soundtrack to our every day; a glorious escape to lush, warm sonic landscapes from an exciting artist with a lot more to give. Keep it coming…”– Music Republic Magazine.